Healthy Food Access at Farmers’ Markets Is Making Huge Strides Nationwide

Healthy Food Access at Farmers' Markets Is Making Huge Strides Nationwide
According to the national Farmers’ Market Coalition, $16.6 million in SNAP benefits were redeemed at farmers’ markets nationally in 2013. That’s a sharp increase from $4.2 million just five years ago. The number of farmers’ markets is also on the rise. If these trends continue, it could mean good changes for what’s on the plates… Read more »

We Joined 14,000 People from 68 Countries for Plastic-Free July

We Joined 14,000 People from 68 Countries for Plastic-Free July
The Ecology Center recently ran an event series for Plastic-Free July, a global effort to reduce single-use, disposable plastics. We got 75 local participants involved, joining 14,000 people from 68 countries. We learned a lot and can’t wait to do it again next year. You can help us get there, and build on this year’s… Read more »

Our Farmers’ Market Finder Tool Is Helping Californians Locate Healthy, Fresh Food

Our Farmers' Market Finder Tool Is Helping Californians Locate Healthy, Fresh Food
Last week, Bay Area Bites, the food blog arm of KQED, published a piece on our Farmers’ Market Finder tool. FMFinder.org is becoming the go-to for anyone looking for a Farmers’ Market near them in California, and its features allow CalFresh and WIC recipients to find farmers’ markets to spend their benefits. This tool is… Read more »

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot
On Tuesday July 1, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously and enthusiastically to place a soda tax measure on the November 2014 ballot. If voters approve the measure in November, Berkeley would be the first US city to tax sugar-sweetened drinks. BeyondChron published an article busting the beverage industry’s myth that a soda tax is… Read more »

Jack Johnson Doubles Your Ecology Center Donations!

Jack Johnson Doubles Your Ecology Center Donations!
Jack Johnson and his social action network, All at Once, are passionate about sustainable, local food systems and Plastic-Free initiatives, and so are we! They kindly reached out to the Ecology Center to be a partner organization, as a way to support our work and to encourage people to get involved and make positive change… Read more »